What is 'Re-Group'?
Helping a small group of people to experience authentic Christian community is not an easy task. In the past, most efforts to equip leaders of small groups has centered on providing the vision of what a group should be about and to impart specific "process skills" to leaders for facilitating groups.
Re-Group, is a revolutionary new curriculum created to equip leaders and groups simultaneously and gives them everything they need to start and sustain a life-changing CommunityLife group. All it requires is a small group and a DVD player. Re-Group is an important part of how we equip CommunityLife groups at Trinity.
The Re-Group curriculum includes four sixty-minute sessions to train leaders and group members in the foundational values and practices of becoming a life-changing community. These sixty-minute sessions include teaching by the authors, creative segments, and activities and discussion time. During each session the group has the chance to review and learn new group life techniques.
The four sessions include:
Session 1 provides a foundational experience that helps group members get excited about the adventure and life-changing power of small group life. Exercises and guided discussions create an initial sense of connection, safety, and most of all, fun!
Session 2 focuses on introducing values, ground rules, and logistical issues. Relationships are deepened through the group's assessment and discussion of the values most important to them, while exercises facilitate group ownership of these issues.
Session 3 unpacks each of the five key values through in-depth teaching and practical examples. Group members learn that all are responsible for implementing the five values in the life of the group, and they practice applying two of the values during the session ("Be real" and "accept one another").
Session 4 transitions the group to running on its own. Exercises help the group clarify what their focus will be, and what they want to do in their next meeting (the first meeting without the DVD curriculum). This session also provides an inspiring wrap-up for the course that casts vision for what the group can become if it lives out its values. The Life-Changing Power of Group Life DVD and Participants Guide are available separately.
In addition, there are thirteen brief coaching segments on topics such as active listening, personal sharing, giving and receiving feedback, prayer, calling out the best in others, and more. These tips can be used to enhance group life by periodically refreshing the values and practices that are essential for fostering an atmosphere of persona growth and spiritual transformation.
If you want to see an example of Re-Group you can view a video here.